Anthony J. Failla

Ordained: 1956
  • Unknown: Chaplain, Tilden High School Newman Club
  • Unknown: Chaplain, John Jay High School Newman Club
  • Unknown: Chaplain, Long Island College Hospital Nursing School
  • Unknown: St. Brendan High School Instructor
  • Unknown: Saints Michael and Edward
  • 1957-1961: Holy Family Church, Brooklyn, NY (BRK)
  • 1962-1975: St. Mary Star of the Sea, Brooklyn, NY (BRK)
  • 1976-1978: St. Boniface’s, Brooklyn, NY (BRK)
  • 1979-1997: St. Finbar’s Church, Brooklyn, NY (BRK)
  • 1990: Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Brooklyn, NY (BRK)
  • 1991-1993: Italian Board of Guardians, Brooklyn, NY (BRK)
  • 1994-1998: Catholic Charities, Brooklyn, NY (BRK)
  • 1998-2002: Absent on Sick Leave (BRK)
  • 2003-2018: Unknown
  • 2018: Died


Fr. Anthony Failla was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Fr. Failla was accused of sexually abusing a minor boy who had been recently orphaned after the death of his mother. The abuse reportedly occurred in the mid-1970s. Allegations of abuse were reported to the Diocese by three nuns in approximately 1996. Fr. Failla was reportedly removed from ministry. He purportedly left his parish assignment in 1997 citing health reasons. In the early 2000s, Fr. Failla was reportedly discovered saying mass in Boca Raton, Florida and was reportedly subsequently removed from ministry in 2002. Fr. Failla was included in the Diocese of Brooklyn’s 2019 “List of Diocesan Clergy for Whom the Diocese Received Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor,” in the subsection “Clergy Members of the Diocese of Brooklyn With Credible Allegations: Credibility Deemed by Diocesan Review Board Determination and/or Admission on Behalf of the Cleric.” Fr. Failla’s whereabouts, status as a priest, and whether he had access to children between 2003 his death in 2018 are unknown.